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WFD implementation at National level

On this page you can read about:
- National authorities
- Sector integration committees
- The Norwegian Water Information System

National authorities

The national authority for the implementation of e Water Framework Directive (WFD) is the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment , which also represent Norway at the European Water Directors Meetings

Administrative coordination and the day-to-day support of the River Basin Districts (RBDs) has been delegated from the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment to the Norwegian Environment Agency . The directorate also coordinates Norwegian participation in the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) for the WFD .

Sector integration committees
To ensure sufficient sector integration, a Committee of Ministries has been established, chaired by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment . The Committee of Ministries settles political issues concerning cross sector integration in water management. It embraces a total of eight ministries.

To assist the ministries at national level, a Committee of Directorates has been established, chaired by the Norwegian Environment Agency . The Committee of Directorates has been delegated the task of preparing national guidance for the River Basin Districts (RBDs), and ensure administrative cooperation across sectors. It also organizes the National Water Environment Conferences, and this national web-site. The Committee includes 10 central government agencies, as well as representatives of authorities from the regional level (County Councils) and local level (Municipalities).

A National Reference Group is connected to the Committee of Directorates also have allowing for the participation of national industry associations, NGOs and civil society representatives.

See the Composition of the national sector integration committees for WFD implementation

The Norwegian Water Information System

The Norwegian Water Information System,Vann-Nett , collects all available data and information from the databases of different agencies and institutes, and projects them on an electronic map. This allows for an integrated management of the knowledge base, and the aggregation of tables, maps and statistics at water body, sub district, river basin district or national level.

Vann-Nett is an important tool for preparation of the River basin Management Plans (RBMPs) and Programs of Measures (PoMs), but will also facilitate reporting from Norway to the European WISE system .

Public version of Vann-Nett with statistics and photos .

Publisert: 07. februar 2011 Sist oppdatert: 24. juni 2015